Unlicensed waste clearance operators
As part of the Clean Neighbourhood Act, householders now have a duty of care to make sure their waste is disposed of legally. This means that you are responsible for making sure that your goods are not flytipped by a third person. If your goods are dumped illegally and traced back to you, you could face a fine of up to £5,000.
If you are approached by a household clearance company:
• Ask to see a copy of the firm's waste carriers' licence
• Obtain a waste transfer note, or receipt, a valid company name, address & telephone number
If in doubt, you can check instantly whether a firm is a registered waste carrier by going to www.environment-agency.gov.uk/publicregisters or by calling 08708 506 506.
The Waste Partnership launched the ‘Illegal Dumping Costs’ campaign in October 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire. Since then, the Partnership has secured 462 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences. On average, there is at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire. This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a saving of over £1 million for residents.
Reporting fly-tipping is easy: upload details including location and photos online or on your mobile at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly/
Duty of Care (Householders)
If you pass your household waste (including DIY waste) to anyone else, you MUST check that they are legally authorised to take it. If the waste is illegally dumped and you did not check, you could be fined up to £5000.